Praying around the world – Serbia

Serbia is a country with a troubled past of civil war and ethnic cleansing. There is much suspicion between different denominations and different faiths, and much healing still needs to take place. The nation’s spiritual life is dominated by the Orthodox church, which restricts the freedom of other churches. Pray for the gospel to take root, bring reconciliation and transform lives.

PRAYERCAST – Serbia

• Pray for revival that frees churches from empty tradition and establishes a powerful witness.

• Pray for a strong Christian presence among the many humanitarian aid groups.

• Pray for healing from centuries-long ethno-religious hatred.

For most Serbians, ethnicity and religion go hand-in-hand. Primarily Orthodox (73%), 80% of the population claim Christianity. Over half of these would see their faith as cultural and part of their ethnic identity, leading to rampant nominalism. The Serbian Orthodox Church has suppressed other churches, often in totalitarian fashion. Non-Serbian Orthodox churches are increasingly attacked, Muslim/Christian relations remain tense, and hostility against Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventists is also prevalent. Protestantism has had a history of influence on Hungarian and Slovak minorities, but its impact on Serbs has been minimal, with only about half of the local believers being ethnically Serbs. However, despite deep divisions within the faith community and difficult cultural hurdles, a tiny but growing body of evangelical believers is attempting to overcome ethnic division by worshipping together in unity.

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